D'Arcy from Winnipeg
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Back Pain Sucks

Monday, February 4, 2008 11:43 AM

I used to always think my trainer was being silly when I'd do those balancing exercises or the ones where you had to move a weight in some weird motion like you were a waiter serving a plate of something. "It helps develop those small support muscles" he'd say. POPPYCOCK I'd think to myself (because if I said that I'd probably have to do 300 more crunches).

Well...how right he was. Although my current status has more to do with muscles I didn't realize I *wasn't* working on.

I've been working out with a buddy pretty regularly, and I've been finding new *fun* ways to liven up our cardio routine. One of which was to bring back the old favorite side-to-sides, where you set up a box (or a raised step platform), and alternate stepping onto the platform sideways for a minute, a minute break, then repeate 10 times.

However, half way through my buddy decides to move the box the other way...so instead of straddling it and stepping onto it sideways, we do a few series stepping straight up (like you were walking up a flight of stairs). All seemed well after the workout...until a few days later. Then I experienced the most excrutiating muscle pain I've ever felt, both in my lower back and in my upper thigh. That, my friends, was about a week and a half ago. I'm not sure if I've gotten better, or just gotten used to the pain, but here is what I do know:

- Structure your workouts so that you're working *every* muscle group over time...don't neglect your back and don't neglect your upper thighs (or any other muscle for that matter).

- Heat is best for sore muscles. Heat heat heat.

- Aspirin's new night time muscle relief medication is great...and not *just* for night time.

- A-535 is a beautiful thing.

Hopefully this heals up by the end of next week...ugh, so annoying!



# re: Back Pain Sucks

I've done something similar to my lower back a couple of times. Often the source is hamstring muscles being to tight combined with a weak lower back that get's overworked or pulled. Don't forget to stretch out those hammies. 2/4/2008 12:41 PM | Scott Kuhl

# re: Back Pain Sucks

That's so weird...a buddy of mine gave me the *exact* advice shortly after I posted this!

I guess I really have to work my hammies out more...

D 2/4/2008 3:25 PM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

# re: Back Pain Sucks

I've struggled through a lot of back pain, too. Just remember that aspirin is a quick fix, and heat will only go so far...I wrote a book about the back exercises I do--you can check it out at www.SecreBackPainExercises.com if you want. Also, I list some useful things to help back pain on my blog. Hope you feel better! 2/5/2008 9:45 AM | Sean Goerss

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